Wednesday night Elizabeth Warren will introduce Bill Clinton, the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
Warren has claimed internet fame for her famous “no one got rich on his own” speech which was the foundation for Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech. Warren holds herself out as a fraud fighter, and her campaign theme is “Accountability.”
Yet Warren has yet to accept accountability for falsely claiming to be Cherokee during key moments in her career, starting in the mid-1980s when she started listing herself as Native American in order to appear on the “Minority Law Teachers” list in the faculty directory of the Association of American Law Schools. That directory put the law school community, including recruiters, on notice of Warren’s alleged minority status.
Warren later reported herself as Native American to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law Schools for federal reporting, and on the list of Women of Color in Legal Academia in the Harvard Women’s Law Journal in 1993 when Warren was auditioning for a position at Harvard as a “visiting professor.”
While claiming this status, Warren never did anything to associate with the Cherokee or Native Americans. Warren never participated in any Native American Bar Association or campus groups or anything else to show she embraced her supposed ancestry. Warren only used the designation for professional purposes while climbing the law school ladder, and then dropped the AALS listing after receiving tenure at Harvard in the mid-1990s.
Warren is not Cherokee or Native American. Her genealogy has been traced by a group of Cherokee genealogists, and there is nothing there. The supposed 1/32 ancestry has been debunked.
Warren claims she never received any benefit from her status. Yet that is just a dodge, because Warren tried to receive an advantage by listing herself as Native American, minority and a “woman of color,” knowing full well how much those designations meant.
When The Boston Herald broke the story in late April 2012, Warren engaged in a series of misdirections and evasions to avoid accountability. This video produced by Legal Insurrection is about Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be held accountable:
Elizabeth Warren has reacted in the past by falsely accusing Cherokee women who wanted to show Warren her genealogy of being agents of the Scott Brown campaign, and has attacked Legal Insurrection.
Yet the controversy persists, despite Warren’s deep campaign pockets.
As reported today in The Boston Herald, even Native American delegates at the DNC want answers.
This issue is not going to go away.
If the voters of Massachusetts have any shame, they will wonder why they should vote for a candidate who, based on all the evidence currently known, committed ethnic fraud and refuses to accept responsibility.
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Update via Boston Herald, Warren at DNC, ignores Native American questions:
Elizabeth Warren, scrambling to shift focus from her ongoing Cherokee scandal, dismissed demands from Native Americans who want her to explain her heritage claims in her first appearance at the Democratic National Convention this morning.
“I’ve answered those questions, what I’m here to talk about (is) what’s happening to America’s working class families,” said Warren, who had just completed brief appearances on the “Today Show” before the prime-time speech tomorrow.
Michael Patrick Leahy has more.
The Boston Globe also chimed in late this afternoon, covering for Warren by attacking one of the Native Americans in the Herald article for not being a DNC delegate (but admitting the others interviewed were), and playing Warren’s line that the Native American DNC “council” has not sought a meeting (of course not, no official Dem group would dare demand the truth from Warren).